City Council

July 08, 1998

Council members agree to stadium study

The Hagerstown City Council will go forward with a $50,000 study of a new minor league baseball stadium.

Council members agreed Tuesday to seek grants to help pay for the study. The Washington County Commissioners endorsed the study but did not commit any money.

Councilman Alfred W. Boyer said he normally doesn't support government studies, but makes an exception in this case.

"I think there's clearly a need for this study to make intelligent decisions about our community's future," he said.

The study would be commissioned by the Maryland Stadium Authority.

Hagerstown Suns owner Winston Blenckstone has asked for a new stadium new Interstate 81 to replace the aging Municipal Stadium downtown.

Blenckstone has a one-year lease with the city for the stadium.

The city wants to have the study by November, in time to lobby the Western Maryland Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly.


"Timing is critical to ensure we'll have a team to play at the stadium," said Councilman William M. Breichner.

Planners to vote tonight on Sheetz store

The Hagerstown Planning Commission is expected to vote tonight on a developer's plan for a new Sheetz store in the South End.

The 24-hour operation would open at the northeast corner of South Potomac Street and Oak Ridge Drive.

Sheetz has wanted to build a store at that intersection for 10 years, but ran into zoning problems with a lot across Oak Ridge Drive, company officials have said.

The company has two dozen stores in the Tri-State area.

The South End Sheetz would be similar in size to the store at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Md. 66 with eight gas pumps.

If the plan is approved, the store could open in about 14 weeks.

The planning commission meeting is set for 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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